A quick tutorial method today. As we get closer to colder weather, I’m sure many people will be busting out their hooks to make their own (for themselves or others), so today I wanted to show case a different technique you can use to sew blocks/granny squares together with your crochet hook instead of a yarn needle, while still allowing it to lay flat.
Dedri from Look At What I Made calls her method the zipper method since it, well, looks very much like you are slowly zipping up your squares. Slow is the keyword here too as this method will definitely take some time. The teal color was only used for the images so it could be seen easily.
How to Join Crochet Squares Using the “Zipper” Method
To join the squares using the zipper method, you will place the squares side by side, instead of on top of each other. When you place the squares side by side like this, the v’s formed by the stitches of the last row/round of each square will be parallel to each other. You will be working ONLY into the inside loops (back loops).
Starting with the block to your left , insert your hook from front to back into the inside loop of the first stitch. Now insert your hook from front to back into the inside loop of the first stitch of the other square.
If you are going to be adding new yarn to join your crochet squares, add it now by placing a slip knot on your hook as in Photo 4. I like starting with a slip knot. If you don’t like starting with a slip knot, simply yarn over with your new color. Pull through both of the stitches (loops) on your hook (Photo 5).
Insert your hook from front to back into the inside loop of the next stitch of the square on your left (see Photo 6). Then insert your hook from front to back into the inside loop of the next stitch of the other square (Photo 7). Grab your yarn, which will be at the back of your work, and pull through all three loops on your hook (Photo 8).
Remember to keep your tension loose. Slip stitches are not as elastic as other stitches, so if you work very tightly, your edges won’t have any “give”. Keep working a slip stitch into the inside loops of each stitch (through both layers) this until you have joined all the stitches down the side of your squares. When you get to the end, bind off.
You can find more images and pictures at Look At What I Made for the complete tutorial. This method would be great for those who are making pixel character blankets or maybe block scarves too! It’s a very simple technique that looks great, so go crazy!